Pastor Gerald Wilcoxon
Rev. Wilcoxon feels that a call to the ministry is also a call to preparations. He is a graduate of Lakeland College (Wisconsin) with a B.A. of Religion. He is also a graduate of Milwaukee Theological Institute with a Bachelor of Ministry. He was called to the ministry and Licensed to Preach on February 5, 1989. He was ordained on March 17, 1991 at Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Joseph L. Thomas. Prior to Mt Sinai, Pastor Wilcoxon worked for Ocean Spray Cranberries (24 years) and served as Interim Pastor at United Faith Baptist Church, Racine, WI. He served that congregation for nine months before being called to serve the Mt. Sinai Family.
Pastor Wilcoxon has served the Mt. Sinai Family for the past twenty years. While the ministry has been both rewarding and challenging, the church has experienced phenomenal growth, both numerically and spiritually under his leadership.
Reverend Wilcoxon was given the vision to expand the church edifice for God’s Kingdom Building. Mt. Sinai began Waiting on the Vision in 1999. In the year 2000, Mt. Sinai began Keeping the Vision Alive by voting to follow Pastor Wilcoxon vision from God and approved a $2.4 Million Building Expansion project. The ground breaking ceremony took place on July 8, 2001 and on December 15, 2002, the church family took a Victory March to the newly remodeled church and educational wing. The church was dedicated back to the Lord on January 12, 2003.
Pastor Wilcoxon is also active in the community. He is the Former Vice President of the NAACP, Kenosha Branch and served as chairman of the Religious Affairs Department. While in this
position, he received an award for Professional Excellence in 1991. Rev. Wilcoxon served on the Board of Directors for the Kenosha, Wisconsin Community Health Center, and was instrumental in helping to set up that center. He has also served as a board member on the North Chicago Chamber of Commerce. In 1997, he was voted one of the Most Influential African Americans of Lake County, IL. In 2003, at the Most Influential African Americans of Lake County, IL he was awarded the Eagle Award. This award is given to individuals who have soared above expectation. In February of 2005, he was awarded the Harambee Award of Excellence from the College of Lake County (IL) for his devotion to the elevation of humanity through education.
In 2011 Pastor Gerald and Janice Wilcoxon were awarded Most Influential African Americans of Lake County, IL. In 2011 Rev. Wilcoxon was awarded the Drum Major Award given to those who value and exemplify our Senior Citizens. In November 2013, the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. recommended that Rev. Wilcoxon receive the Division of Christian Education Accreditation and Credentials “Regional Instructor of the Year Award.”
In addition to serving as pastor, his number one passion is teaching. Rev. Wilcoxon is a Certified Instructor (Leadership Development) with the Certificate of Progress Program of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education NBC, USA, Inc. He has taught various classes at the local, District, State and National levels. He is also an instructor with the Baptist General State Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Additionally, he serves as a member and former Vice President of the North Shore Ministers Alliance.
On the District level He served on the Executive Board of the Lake Shore Baptist District as President of the Congress of Christian Education from 2001-2009. In October of 2009-2013, Pastor Wilcoxon was elected Moderator of the Lakeshore Baptist District Association.
A native of Chicago, IL, Pastor Wilcoxon is married to Janice, his lovely wife of 44 years. From this union God blessed them with three beautiful daughters, five wonderful granddaughters and one grandson.
Pastor Wilcoxon prayer is for God to continue to be a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his pathway. That God will bless him with the spiritual tools to “Raise the Standard for God’s People.” He feels that we must locate, educate, and illuminate the will of God’s word into the hearts of men, women, boys, and girls who are still struggling to come out of the darkness and into the glorious light which is Christ Jesus.
Pastor Gerald and Evangelist Janice Wilcoxon
"We pray that something will be said, heard or done to help you grow spiritually in the Lord. "- Pastor Gerald Wilcoxon
"I spent a few minutes with Pastor Wilcoxon, and you instantly sense that he is truly a God-first preacher. He is humble, intelligent, and preaches the gospel in truth and in love. His sermons are truly the main course of the worship meal."- Mt. Sinai Church Member